I tell my students to be brave everyday. Being brave doesn’t always mean running into a burning building or fighting the kid who said anything wrong to you. Being brave means getting out of bed in the morning and staying out of bed. Courage is praying to God everyday that HIS WILL be done, not yours. It takes guts to talk about your faith when you have no idea how people will react, but you stand up for your faith and do it anyway. It takes energy to be brave and courage to spend that energy on chances.
Courage means to do and face things that we don’t want to face or make us uncomfortable.
God takes chances on this human race every day. Shouldn’t we??? We need to pray for courage to take a chance to do his will. If his will is for you to get more involved with adjudicated youth, then take that chance. There are so many children who get on the wrong path and need better guidance. If it’s God’s will for you to enter a contest like a writing contest or even a fun pet photo contest or go onto a site where you could earn money by writing, then go for it.
Why don’t we take chances? Humans hate rejection. It hurts to be told you are a loser. I know for me it’s hard. I take chances everyday that I am helping my youth. I take chances with this blog that I am reaching people and helping them in there lives. I continue to write once a month or more in hopes that someone may see my writing and say “she needs an agent, she’s good”. Yet that fear of rejection still lingers like annoying hair in the face. I guess you could say that Satan and his little demons keep whispering, “no one cares, no one wants to read your drivel, What could you have to offer people”….. Yuck, I do not appreciate him at all and I Pray God keeps him and his angels far away from me because I work for God not Satan.
I’ll tell you what I do when I have had very bad panic attacks at the ocean. Yes, I couldn’t believe it either. I married a man who loves to swim in the ocean. One day, about 4 or so years ago I went in and couldn’t catch my breath. I realized I was almost hyperventilating. I got out. I kept trying every summer to go back in and nothing worked until this past summer. I decided to listen to the advice that I gave to my youth who suffered from anger and anxiety. I walked in and kept thinking, “pink fluffy bunnies”, repeating it over and over in my head until I was swimming with my husband. Any time my thoughts went to “the dark side” I would think Pink fluffy bunnies. I was having fun for the first time in years!!!! God gave me a tool to use for my students and for me.
I’m willing to take a chance on all my readers out there. I pray it’s God’s will for you to read this and then be brave enough to act on it. I was brave yesterday when I entered my pets into a photo contest, that was free, where I could win money that would help us to pay for the 8 month old kitten to get her booster shots and to get fixed. This money could also help pay for the turkey feed and hay for their pens since it has been raining a lot. If you click on this link> King Pet Photo contest it should bring you to Duncan’s page. I entered him, the 2 cats and the dog. So far I am the only one voting so, I feel like a dirty politician stuffing the ballot box.
Since my husband’s company cut out any overtime hours our funds are very tight. I am trying my best to find other ways to earn that other $500/month or something to help pay for things. So, until my “fairy book agent” appears, this gal has to take some of her own advice and be brave enough to take chances on her writing and find places that may pay her for all of this plethora of “wisdom”. I may have to chant about “pink fluffy bunnies” again.
Thank you for your help, in advance, with the voting on kingpet.com and just look for the search thing and put in “Black jack” or “Sammy Samantha” or “Duncan” or “Shilah” or just put in my name “melissa pasek”. If they ask you to register, it should be for free and you can un-subscribe in 2 weeks when the contests are done. It may be easier if you have a pet to zip right onto there and then we could support each other.
What chances are you willing to take???????